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Tech Coordinator receives COVID Hero Award

Kimberly Jenkins, Portsmouth Daily Times |

When the pandemic struck schools last March, no one could have foreseen how much it would change how schools would be able to continue to educate students.

One of the main groups that had significant changes and much work to do were the technology leaders within the school districts. One of those is Ryan Stockham, Minford School District Technology Coordinator who has received the “Hero Award” from the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools(CORAS).

The award was presented during a virtual CORAS meeting with remarks from Paulo de Maria, Ohio Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Renee Middleton, Dean of Ohio University’s Patton College of Education, and Dr. Richard Murray, Executive Director of CORAS.

Jeremy Litteral, Superintendent of Minford shared a post on social media platforms congratulating Stockham. “This award, meant for a district staff member who has made significant contributions to the school district during the COVID pandemic, highlights the hard work Mr. Stockham does for our students and staff each day, both in his role and outside of school hours.

Jumbled-up sentences show that AIs still don’t really understand language

Will Douglas Heaven, MIT Technology Review |

Many AIs that appear to understand language and that score better than humans on a common set of comprehension tasks don’t notice when the words in a sentence are jumbled up, which shows that they don’t really understand language at all. The problem lies in the way natural-language processing (NLP) systems are trained; it also points to a way to make them better.

Husted Announces Broadband Connectivity Pilot Project at Rural School District, Expanding Broadband to Several Ohio Communities in NW Ohio

InnovateOhio |

Lt. Governor Jon Husted, Director of InnovateOhio, today visited Riverside Local School District in Logan County to announce the launch of several innovative projects at the school that are funded through Ohio’s K-12 Broadband Connectivity Grant and that will help provide affordable high-speed internet access to a student population that is largely underserved by broadband.

Nearly a Year Into Remote Learning ‘Digital Divide’ Persists as Key Educational Threat, as Census Data Show 1 in 3 Households Still Struggling With Limited Tech Access

Brendan Lowe, The 74 |

According to a report released last month by UCLA, nearly one in three American households had limited computer or internet access this fall, more than half a year after the pandemic erupted. The report, which is based on a weekly survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, sheds new light on an old problem.

Cincinnati church donates $150,000 to help 500 Princeton City Schools’ students receive electronics

WLWT |

The Vineyard Cincinnati Church donated $150,000 to the school district to be used for electronic devices, including Chromebooks and Wi-Fi access for students.

“The most powerful educational tool that we have is the internet,” said Tom Burton, Superintendent at Princeton City Schools. “You wouldn’t think about not giving each child a textbook for class. Yet when it comes to the most powerful educational tool we have, the internet (connectivity), it is not available for each student. This generous gift helps to close the digital divide and provide opportunities which previously did not exist for each student.”

Five ways to make AI a greater force for good in 2021

Karen Hao, MIT Technology Review |

There’s more attention on AI’s influence than ever before. 

In our new socially distanced, remote-everything reality, conversations about algorithmic harms have come to a head. Systems that had been at the fringe, like HireVue’s face-scanning algorithms and workplace surveillance tools, were going mainstream. Others, like tools to monitor and evaluate students, were spinning up in real time. In August, after a spectacular failure of the UK government to replace in-person exams with an algorithm for university admissions, hundreds of students gathered in London to chant, “F—- the algorithm.” 

So here are five hopes for AI in the coming year:

  • Reduce corporate influence in research
  • Refocus on common-sense understanding
  • Empower marginalized researchers
  • Center the perspectives of impacted communities
  • Codify guard rails into regulation

Karen Hao is the senior AI reporter at MIT Technology Review, covering the field’s cutting-edge research and its impacts on society. She received her B.S. in mechanical engineering and minor in energy studies from MIT.

Helping Digital Citizens Engage With Empathy

Diana Fingal, ISTE |

Digital citizens, according to the ISTE Standards, are “PK-12 learners who proactively approach their digital access, participation, and associated rights, accountability and opportunities with empathy, ethics, and a sense of individual, social and civic responsibility.”

Educator and author Kristen Mattson, Ed.D., has a bone to pick with a lot of the digital citizenship curricula used in schools today. Too much of it, she says, focuses on what not to do, and it rarely addresses the opportunities and responsibilities of the digital world. In addition, much of it is isolated from any real context and doesn’t give students many opportunities to practice their skills as citizens of digital communities.

Digital equity initiative continues with Chromebook distribution

Chris Stewart, Dayton Daily News |

Residents in five Dayton public housing communities received free Chromebooks Wednesday as part of the Montgomery County Digital Equity Initiative funded largely with $2 million in CARES Act dollars that also paid for the installation of free Wi-Fi networks.

About 40,000 households — or 13% — in the Dayton metro area lacked access to the internet, according to 2018 Census Bureau American Community Survey data. About 9% of households had no computer and about 9.6% had a smart phone but no computer.

Teachers on TV? Schools Try Creative Strategy to Narrow Digital Divide

Kellen Browning, The New York Times |

Around the country, educators and local television stations have teamed up to help teachers make their broadcast debuts and engage children who are stuck in the doldrums of distance learning. The idea — in some ways a throwback to the early days of public television — has supplemented online lessons for some families, and serves a more critical role: reaching students who, without reliable internet access or a laptop at home, have been left behind.

Internet Restored After Nashville Bombing Downs Access In Dozens Of Ky. School Districts

Jess Clark, WFPL |

Kentucky school districts have had their internet access restored after a Christmas Day bombing in Nashville knocked out networks across the region. The explosion damaged an AT&T building causing widespread service outages across the region including in Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and Indiana. 

The network was down this weekend for nearly 60 Kentucky school districts, along with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) offices in Frankfort, according to KDE spokeswoman Toni Konz Tatman. 

Digital self-harm on the rise among students, study finds

Shawna De La Rosa, K-12 Dive |

Digital self-harm, in which students cyberbully themselves by posting anonymously negative comments or memes in response to their own posts, is on the rise, District Administration reports. 

Bill to expand broadband in Ohio dies at Statehouse; Husted eyes satellite technology

Céilí Doyle, The Columbus Dispatch (via cincinnati.com) |

After passing in the Ohio House of Representatives with overwhelming bipartisan support in June, House Bill 13 — a piece of legislation that would have created the state’s first ever Residential Broadband Expansion Program — seemed destined to become law.

Except that it didn’t.

The $20 million it would have offered to internet providers across the state could have helped deliver access to the internet that nearly 1 million Ohioans lack. It would have given Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives an opportunity to provide internet as a service to its members.

But after a decisively inactive final session by the Ohio Senate on Tuesday, the bill quietly faded into obscurity.

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